Dr. Monga holds the Endowed Research Chair in Experimental Pathology and the Vice-Chair of the Division of Experimental Pathology, Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Monga is a Professor of Pathology (Division of Cellular & Molecular Pathology) and a Professor of Medicine (Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition), University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He also serves as the Director of the McGowan Institute’s Cellular Approaches to Tissue Engineering and Regeneration (CATER) Program. In addition, he is a Faculty Member of the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s Molecular and Cellular Biology Program.
Dr. Monga holds an MD in medicine and surgery from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, and Punjab University, Chandigarh, India. Prior to arriving at the University, Dr. Monga completed a multidisciplinary internship at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and several fellowships. He participated in a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gastroenterology/ Molecular Biology at Temple University Fels Cancer Institute, Philadelphia, and the Veterans Association Medical Center in Washington, DC, and a Research Fellowship in Gastroenterology/Molecular Biology at the Georgetown University Hospital and Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC. Additionally, he held the position of Medical Officer in Charge at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Department of Social and Preventative Medicine, before coming to Pittsburgh.
Dr. Monga is a member of several professional societies and has been the recipient of several prestigious awards. Currently he is a member of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), American Gastroenterology Association (AGA), American Society of Investigative Pathology (ASIP), the Society of Developmental Biology (SDB), PLUTO (American Association of University Pathologists), the American Society for Clinical Investigations (ASCI), and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). Dr. Monga has been recognized recently with the Outstanding Investigator Award from ASIP and the William E. Brown Outstanding Mentor Award, MSTP program, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and he was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigations.
Dr. Monga is the Editor-in-Chief of Current Pathobiology Reports (New Springer Journal), the Special Editor of the Liver Issues of the American Journal of Pathology, and the Associate Editor of the American Journal of Pathology and BMC Cancer. He is an ad hoc reviewer for numerous publications, including but not limited to: Gastroenterology; Hepatology; the American Journal of Pathology; Gut; Stem Cells; Stem Cells and Development; Cell Transplantation; Genes, Chromosomes and Cancer; Cancer Letters; Expert Opinions in Biological Therapy; and Carcinogenesis.
Dr. Monga’s research interests are vast. Some of them are:
Wnt signal transduction pathway
Cooperation of signaling pathways (Wnt/HGF/PDGF/NF-KB/EGF/Others)
Liver development, growth, cancer, stem cells, and regeneration